By Nicole Duritz, Vice President, Health AARP Education & Outreach
Many families across the country already know how the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, is helping them. They’ve been able to maintain coverage for their college-age children, or buy health insurance after being previously labeled “uninsurable.” Still millions more have discounts on expensive prescription drugs.
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By Linda Garding
On Thursday, June 28 the US Supreme Court upheld the majority of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate, to a variety of reviews. The reviews have been heartfelt to funny to downright nasty. President Obama said, “This is a good day for millions of Americans who can continue to benefit from the protections and economic security provided by the Affordable Care Act”. On the funny to nasty side, radio commentator, Rush Limbaugh said he would move to Costa Rica if the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Apparently, he does not realize Costa Rica has universal health care for its citizens.
Posted in Current Affairs, Healthcare, Politics
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North Dakota has the strongest law in the United States on restoration of mined farmland, but the state Supreme Court’s recent Coal Lake ruling threatens to make it a dead letter.
The court upheld the Public Service Commission’s decision that recreation was a “higher and better” use for 86 acres of mined land than raising crops.
The coal companies think up these alternatives and so far the PSC has given its blessing to all of them – golf courses, dirt bike tracks, shooting ranges, waste disposal pits. Adding these to what’s considered a “higher and better” use exempts the coal company from meeting farm productivity standards. Continue reading
Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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